|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 4-5
From the desk of the New President
V Kuchela Babu
President, Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists, 2018
|Date of Web Publication||12-Jan-2018|
V Kuchela Babu
President, Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists
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Babu V K. From the desk of the New President. Indian J Anaesth 2018;62:4-5
First of all, I am deeply honoured and want to express my immense gratitude for the support, trust and faith bestowed on me and electing me as the President of the Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists (ISA), National for the year 2017–2018.
It gives me great pleasure and sense of responsibility to serve one of the biggest societies of anaesthesiologists in the world next only to the United States. With more than 25,000 members spread across this vast country with different languages, culture and work atmosphere, my endeavour would be to take along every member in this journey. As you all know that the ISA has many programmes both in academic field and for the welfare of its members. I consider this as a big challenge and I assure you that I will continue, encourage and try my best to complete all the tasks that my predecessors, Presidents Dr. Bibhuti Bhushan Mishra and Dr. AS Kameswara Rao have initiated. The theme of this year is Research, Resuscitation and Remuneration.
The ISA stands dedicated to set unmatched standards in the quality of education, patient care and research, thereby ensuring continuous professional development of all its members and helping them turning into world-class professionals, who are empowered to set standards of their own, in a global arena.
I thank and congratulate Dr. J. Divatia, the Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Journal of Anesthesia for publishing the ISA guidelines on 'Resuscitation'. I am sure he would continue to do the good work and bring out more such guidelines in the near future.
I congratulate the team led by Dr. SSC Chakra Rao to bring out ISA cardiopulmonary (CPR) guidelines – COLS, basic CPR life support, and comprehensive CPR life support. In order to strengthen these guidelines, I appeal to all the ISA members to record the resuscitation events and upload to the website cprindia.com. This would be further audited and analysed and accordingly we would update ISA CPR guidelines. The ISA National would send these guidelines to the Union Government for acceptance so as to have a sanctity as written in IJA November editorial by Dr. Mukul Chandra Kapoor. I am hopeful that the resuscitation team would also bring out more CPR guidelines for choking, drowning, pregnant woman, infant and paediatric and snakebite victim in 2018. The CPR programme will be taken to the city branch level to train on ISA guidelines to the school children and laymen free of cost and reduce the death rate following cardiac arrests outside the hospital. The ISA is going to start CPR training centres in all the city branches and efforts will be made to popularise it.
I intend to introduce a few new programs this year like ISA 'Mentoring Academy,' where students can seek the help of senior professors who would act as mentors for guidance in choosing their carrier and leadership.
More emphasis is to be given during this year for ISA-sponsored 'CME-cum-workshops and examination-oriented postgraduate student teaching programs and webinars'.
The ISA is going to bring out handout to create awareness in the public and patients about different types of anaesthesia and their safety. The information will be given regarding the safe conduct of anaesthesia, and at the same time, emphasis will be laid to extract information regarding old medical history and old anaesthesia exposure including any untoward incidence from the patients to provide safe anaesthesia. The ISA will also conduct exhibitions regarding various anaesthesia procedures. These exhibitions would be in the form of posters, cartoons, short films, etc., It would highlight the role of anaesthesiologists during surgery, as perioperative physician and safety aspects of anaesthesia.
Another important issue is the Private Practitioners Forum where the standardisation of the safe anaesthesia in operation theatres will be given to them so as to maintain minimum safety requirements. I would try my wholehearted efforts to stress the importance to maintain records regarding the pre-operative check-up, intraoperative anaesthesia and consent forms. The remuneration aspect also needs to be addressed. These charges are calculated using the worldwide-accepted relative value guide on simple formula and brought into force.
The family benevolent fund needs to be improved and more members should be motivated to join the same so as to get maximum benefit for the next to kin of the deceased member.
I think we all agree that there is an urgent need to start a 24 × 7 'Legal Cell', which can help and advise those members who are involved in medico-legal issues.
One of the things we lack is research and the need of the hour is to promote research. Let's deliberate on this point and constitute a committee to start research, especially in the context to our needs and requirements.
Our aim is to achieve 100% enrolment of all the qualified anaesthesiologists of the country as 'Life members' of ISA and to enrol all the postgraduate students of anaesthesiology as 'Associate Life Members' of ISA in their 1st year of postgraduation.
I have very good and learned governing council members and also all my fellow members with whose guidance and cooperation I am sure I can achieve all.
Long live ISA.